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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands - an epic voyage to remote Islands!!!

Antarctic Expedition cruises onboard the USHUAIA


Highlights:
  • Set out on an epic Voyage to the planet's most unspoiled topography -  Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica Peninsula

  • Witness an abundant wildlife, history of human endeavour, Captivating landscape, Splendid views of Cliff Mountains, the Exquisite Icebergs in Antarctica Peninsula etc.

Classic South Georgia Cruise:
Expedition cruise to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Day 1: Depart from Ushuaia

  • Report at the Pier as per the Embarkation time in the afternoon.

  • Get onboard USHUAIA. A welcome drink is served.

  • Later, an introduction to the crew and expedition staff will follow

  • Later, we will have time to get to know our new shipmates.

  • The ship will then set sail towards the Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas), known for their rugged beauty and wealth of seabirds and waterfowl.

South Georgia and The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.



Day 2: At Sea

  • The open bridge policy on the USHUAIA allows us to join the officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for marine life, and enjoy the views of the open ocean.

  • Join the expedition staff and naturalists on deck whilst we are at sea as we search for seabirds and other local wildlife, such as Albatrosses, Petrels, Orcas and Dolphins.

  • An interesting selection of lectures will help us to prepare for our first excursions in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

Day 3: Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

  • With favorable conditions, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you on your first excursion. On the western coast we might visit the following islands:

    • West Point Island:

      • The Island lies off the most north-westerly point of mainland West Falkland. The attractive settlement sits on the edge of a small harbor on the eastern side of the Island, in the lee of Black Bog Hill and Michael´s Mount. The valley between these two peaks rolls over the center of the island to the dramatic Devil´s Nose, one of the Island´s main attractions.

      • From here visitors are treated to splendid views of Cliff Mountain, the Island´s highest point at 1,250 ft (381 m), and the highest cliffs in the Falklands (Malvinas).

      • We will encounter a vast colony of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatrosses, nesting together in close vicinity.

    • Carcass Island:

      • Carcass Island lies to the north-west of the Falklands archipelago (Malvinas).

      • A mature tussock (tussac) plantation covers much of the lower ground below Jason Hill to the east. The availability of abundant cover throughout the island have made for a spectacularly large population of small birds, which is one of Carcass Island´s most delightful features.

      • Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins do also nest here.

      • Peale´s and Commerson´s dolphins come frequently close to the shoreline to get a glimpse of the visitors as well.

      • At the settlement with its beautiful gardens, we are invited to enjoy tea and cookies with the locals.

  • Later, we will sail Overnight around the northern islands of the archipelago in easterly direction to reach the capital, Stanley.

Days 4: Eastern Falkland Islands (Malvinas) - At Sea

  • Arrive into Stanley. The town was established in the early 1840´s. In the morning hours we will have time to explore the quaint little town of Stanley and its wonderful Museum, souvenir shops and pubs.

  • For those who are more interested in the outstanding wildlife the Islands have to offer, you do not even have to leave town to enjoy it. Southern Giant Petrels often fly close to the shoreline. The endemic Falkland Steamer Ducks abound on the shorelines while Kelp Gulls can often be seen flying together with Dolphin Gulls.

  • The less obvious but frequent visitors to Stanley area are Black-crowned Night Herons, Red-backed Hawks and Peregrine Falcons. Turkey Vultures are regularly seen on top of any prominent building. Many pairs of Upland Geese frequent the park and it might be nice to take a stroll around the gardens of town to see some of the singing birds as well.

  • In the early afternoon, we set sail, heading for South Georgia - South Georgia is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth with more wildlife than virtually anywhere else on the planet.

Day 5 & 6: At Sea

  • An extensive lecture program will be offered during the days at sea.

  • Expert naturalists share their knowledge of the wildlife and unique ecosystems we will encounter throughout our voyage.

Day 7: At Sea - South Georgia

  • South Georgia - Though extremely isolated, it has amazing scenery ranging from high mountains and mighty glaciers to deep fjords and low-lying grassland. If the weather is favourable, we would aim to visit one of the following sites in the late afternoon:

  • Elsehul:

    • Situated at the northwestern extremity of South Georgia on the eastern side of the knife-edged summit ridges of Parydian Peninsula, Elsehul is a beautiful little harbour. It is the only visitor site on the island, where colonies of Black-browed and Grey-headed Albatrosses can be viewed from zodiacs within the protection of sheltered inshore waters.

  • Right Whale Bay:

    • Right Whale Bay is a bay 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide, entered between Craigie Point and Nameless Point along the north coast of South Georgia. The name dates back to at least 1922, when South Georgia was still a centre for commercial whaling.

    • Today we hope to encounter a small colony of King Penguins, along with Giant Petrels, gulls and breeding elephant seals on the black ashen beach.

Day 8, 9, 10 & 11: South Georgia

  • Our exact itinerary will depend on local land and sea conditions but the following destinations are among those that we would like to explore:

  • Salisbury Plain (“Serengeti of the South”):

    • Salisbury Plain is a wildlife site without parallel. Several large glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop for the tens of thousands of King Penguins that nest in the tussock grass of this remarkable ecosystem.

    • The wide beach makes for excellent walking as we visit the colony, where we are literally surrounded and delightfully outnumbered by throngs of curious, gentle penguins.

    • Fur seals also abound, as well as Southern Giant Petrels and the occasional wandering Gentoo Penguin. Prepare for an awe-inspiring experience, as fur seal pups will want to engage with you and can be observed playing at the waterfront.

  • Prion Island:

    • Prion Island is a beautiful tussock-grass covered islet.

    • If we are lucky we will get the opportunity to see a breeding colony of Wandering Albatross on top of it.

    • We will climb to the summit on a wooden boardwalk, which takes us close to their nests and offers comfortable viewing platforms.

  • Grytviken:

    • Grytviken lies within King Edward Cove, a sheltered harbor tucked between Hope Point and Hobart Rock on the western shore of Cumberland East Bay.

    • The rusting ruins of the Grytviken whaling station are situated on a level plain at the head of the cove, backed by steep hills and mountains.

    • Now the site of the South Georgia Museum, the station remains a focal point of interest for many visitors, as does Sir Ernest Shackleton´s grave in the nearby whaler´s cemetery and his memorial cross on Hope Point. The scenery in this area is exceptionally beautiful even by South Georgia standards: the glaciers and snow covered peaks of the Allardyce Range – Mt. Sugartop, Mt. Paget, Mt. Roots, Nordenskjöld Peak, Mt. Kling and Mt. Brooker – form a magnificent backdrop to the cove, and the views from King Edward Point in particular, must be among the finest on earth.

  • Godthul

    • Situated 9km east of Cumberland East Bay on the eastern shores of Barff Peninsula, Godthul is a 3km long inlet that lies between Cape George and Long Point. Gentoo Penguins are abundant on the tussac plateau and Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses echo off the natural cliff amphitheater that encircles the harbor. A floating factory ship serviced by two whale catchers was stationed here each summer between 1908 and 1929. A small shore depot supporting the whaling operations was established close by the stream in the southeast corner of the harbor, and the rusting barrels, wooden shed and boats are fascinating relics of the whaling era, as is the impressive collection of whale and elephant seal bones scattered along the beach.

  • St Andrews Bay

    • The surf beaten coastline at St. Andrews Bay runs north-south in a 1.86 mile (3 km) long uninterrupted sweep of fine dark sand, covered in penguins and seals and bounded in the interior by the Cook, Buxton and Heaney Glaciers. The bay hosts the biggest colony of King Penguins on South Georgia. Early in the season, the beach is also carpeted with fur and elephant seals. Such a large assemblage of wildlife attracts an entourage of persistent and voracious scavengers. Sheathbills dart in and around the penguin colony. Cape Petrels nest in a small number on the cliffs north of St. Andrews Bay. Leopard seals patrol the rocks at this end of the beach too, hunting for penguins along the edge of kelp beds. A few White-chinned Petrels and Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses nest on the tussac slopes. Brown Skuas and Antarctic Terns breed on the outwash plain and scree slopes at the north end of the beach, defending their nest sites with their characteristic noise and vigor.

  • Cooper Bay

    • Cooper Bay is found at the southeast extremity of South Georgia. There is a wealth of wildlife at this site, in a spectacular setting. Chinstrap, Gentoo and maybe one or two Macaroni Penguins dot the tussac slopes and there are plenty of fur seals on the beaches. Fascinating volcanic rocks tower over small fjords, giving a stunning invitation for a thrilling zodiac cruise to watch wildlife from the waterfront.

  • Drygalski Fjord

    • Drygalski Fjord is also located in the far south east of the island. The glaciers found in this dramatic fjord have retreated significantly in recent decades, but they still remain one of the most striking features of this coastline, particularly the Risting and Jenkins Glaciers. With a little luck, we might see the glaciers calve and witness the birth of a new iceberg from on board the ship.

Day 12 & 13: At Sea

  • We spend the next two days crossing the Scotia Sea towards the Antarctic Peninsula offering opportunities to be out on deck, catch up on some reading, check through and edit our photos, or simply reflect on the magical experiences of the last days on South Georgia. Lectures and other activities will be offered throughout these days.

Day 14: Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

  • We hope to have a chance to visit the enigmatic Elephant Island.

    • Sir Ernest Shackleton fans will need no introduction to this historic windswept island. In 1916 Shackleton was forced to leave 22 of his men stranded on these shores, while he and five others embarked on an unbelievable last-ditch rescue attempt. What followed is one of the greatest rescue stories of all time. 

  • Every passenger will return with a greater knowledge of this gripping tale of adventure in a truly remarkable part of the world.

Day 15: At Sea - Antarctic Peninsula: Antarctic Sound

  • Our expedition team will prepare you for our experience in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

  • Later today, we hope to arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula in the area of the scenic Antarctic Sound. Here we will try to land at one of the following landing sites:

  • Argentine Antarctic Station Esperanza

    • We will try to sail the passage to the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, which traverses the Antarctic Sound and runs northwest-to-southeast. Hope Bay and the Argentine Station Esperanza are located on the western side of the Sound.

  • Brown Bluff

    • Brown Bluff, a promontory on the Tabarin Peninsula, is located south of Hope Bay. Both of them might be possible landing sites. The Weddell Sea represents the center of the Peninsula´s Adélie Penguin population.

January 16 & 17: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

  • Our expedition team will prepare you for our experience in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

  • Gerlache Strait

    • This region of broad straits, mountainous islands, protected bays, and narrow channels offer moments of solitude. A profusion of tall peaks humans have never climbed and vast glaciers flowing inexorably seaward are the physical features here.

  • Hydrurga Rocks

    • We might visit Hydrurga Rocks, a small group of islets, which lie east of Two Hummock Island in the Palmer Archipelago, at the northern entrance of the Gerlache Strait. Chinstrap Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags and Kelp Gulls are confirmed breeders here.

  • Cuverville Island

    • We may also go to Cuverville Island, which lies in the scenic Errera Channel, in the center of the Gerlache Strait. A well-defined raised beach forms a nesting site for many Gentoo Penguins here. On our way north we plan to explore the South Shetland Islands.

  • Deception Island

    • We plan to sail through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island - the largest of three recent volcanic centers in the South Shetlands- which is truly amazing. Once inside, the rising slope of the black, cinder-covered volcanic rim can be walked uphill to a rather spectacular vantage point.

  • Half Moon Island

    • This crescent-shaped island, in the entrance of Moon Bay between Greenwich and Livingston Islands, is home to Chinstrap Penguins in breathtaking surroundings.

Day 18 & 19: At Sea

  • We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage.

  • Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales. We will also enjoy some final lectures.

  • Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures we have had over the past days.

Day 20: Ushuaia

  • We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Duration:          19 Nights / 20 Days (Classic South Georgia)
Sailing Dates:   January 9, 2020 - January 28, 2020

Cruise Package Cost Per Person in US DOLLARS

Voyage Code

Cabin Categories

C Standard +  Triple

C Standard Twin

B Standard + Twin

 A   Premium Twin Premier Single

Superior Twin

Suite Twin

A090120 $14,500 $15,500 $18,770 $22,400 $26,890 $23,670 $24,870

*Book in Advance and Avail Special Discounts
*Availability Status is Subject to Change. Please check with us.

Package Price Includes:

  • Voyage aboard the USHUAIA as indicated in the itinerary.

  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the USHUAIA.

  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.

  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.

  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

  • Detailed post-expedition log.

Package Cost does not include:

  • International Airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights;

  • Pre- and post land arrangements;

  • Transfers to / from the vessel;

  • Passport and Visa expenses;

  • Government arrival and departure taxes;

  • Meals ashore;

  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended);

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and

  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided).

The Ushuai's Cabin description
Suites:

 

5 Outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths, lounge, TV, DVD player and fridge.

Suite 201 features two double beds, Suite 202 one double bed and a sofa bed. Suite 203 features two lower single beds. Suites 204 and 207 feature three lower single beds. Suite 207 has portholes.

Superior:

10 Twin outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths. Cabins 205 and 211 feature portholes. Cabin 301 features one double and one single bed.

A cabins:

6 Twin outside cabins with portholes on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

B cabins:

12 Twin outside cabins with portholes on deck E and semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

C cabins:

8 Twin inside cabins on the lower deck (D) with semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

* N.B. Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and wc). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

Terms and Conditions:

Rates:

  • ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, ESPECIALLY POSSIBLE FUEL SURCHARGES. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO FUEL SURCHARGE IF THE PRICE OF THE BARREL OF CRUDE OIL IS US$100 OR LOWER.

  • All rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy.

    • A limited amount of twin cabins (except suites) are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate.

    • Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in two of the suites maybe occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate.

  • Shared accommodation can be arranged on request.

  • All rates are subject to change and Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to modify the published rates without prior notice.

Reservations and Payments:

  • A deposit of 30-50% of the cruise fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellations:

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing with a valid reason. Cancellations received 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administrative fee of approx USD$750 Per Person.

  • From 119 days up to and including the day of departure all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 119 day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid money is due immediately.

  • For these and other reasons mentioned below, you are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance.

  • Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to cancel any voyage prior to departure in which case payments will be refunded in full less administrative fee without further obligation on our part.

Insurance

  • Our associate Expedition Cruise requests all passengers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancellation and mandatory medical evacuation and repatriation cover.

  • Our associate Expedition Cruise shall not be responsible for any injuries to persons (whether or not resulting in death) or damage or loss to property.

  • In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on board or on shore, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger and Our associate Expedition Cruise specifically decline any responsibility whatsoever (also if not covered by travel insurance).

Passenger Contract

  • The passenger must sign a passenger contract which constitutes the sole contract and his/her agreement to all the terms and conditions relative to the cruise. By accepting the cruise ticket the passenger also agrees to its terms & conditions.

 

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